The Null Set Proudly Introduces It’s First Guest Writer – S.G.

During the dreary times of year that is winter in NE Ohio, my one younger sister (henceforth to be known as S.G.) gets bored because she can’t kayak, hike and do other outside stuff. This last winter I had a brilliant idea – see if she’d write some guest posts for my anime blog. She was agreeable to doing so and to my idea for her writings; namely, as a more standard general American anime fan – dub-preferring, DVD-preferring and one who doesn’t read anime blogs or anime forums – what she would think of anime shows that don’t normally get licensed in America (or if they are, it’s an obscure treatment that dubless). I picked several anime that I thought she’d like and gave her four episodes to watch at first and the rest of the series if she wanted to finish.

Of course, right after this RL stuff came up and she was no longer bored and only finished a few pieces and the intro that’s below. I held onto these for the last couple of months waiting for the perfect time to publish them and also to see if she’d write some more. (After-all, one of my aims is to bring her to the dark side 😉 .)  I missed the “perfect” time which was when I recently was on vacation for a week and she’s probably too busy now to watch and write until next winter – unless, maybe, she gets lots of nice comments about her posts and gets inspired  🙂 . As mentioned, below is an introduction that I asked her to write about herself and I plan to have her first impressions post up within the day.


Guest Writer: S.G.

S.G. is an anime fan with a background in literature. Unlike the standard anime blog writer, S.G.’s anime history is only moderately long (approximately 8 years) and is comprised solely of a dubbed American-released anime, both modern and classic. Instead, S.G.’s point of review focuses around academic concepts of storytelling and writing. She’s done extensive research and writing on graphic novels as literature, and is particularly interested in how visual media impacts storytelling.

Her favorite anime includes: Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, Berserk, Samurai 7, Azumanga Daioh, and Fullmetal Alchemist (original and Brotherhood). Outside of anime, her favorite works of writing are “Beowulf”, the “Sin City” series by Frank Miller, and “On Walden Pond” by Henry David Thoreau. Favorite movies range from Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile, and Dark Knight to guilty pleasures such as Transformers.

S.G. is looking forward to watch non-imported anime to learn more about Japanese pop culture and modern society. She can be contacted for comments or suggestions at


4 thoughts on “The Null Set Proudly Introduces It’s First Guest Writer – S.G.”

  1. At this rate, she may read more visual novels than you, Steel.

    Will your diabolical schemes know no end…


  2. i’ve listened to enough Japanese language shows that I’ve started to understand common phrases in Japanese. I no longer need the English translation on screen 100% of the time. For more complicated verb-tense contexts, I still require the English translation. I don’t read the entire English sentence, I just grab the words I don’t know, the verb, the subject, and the verb tense.

    When I’ve watched anime and simply tried to pick up the context using body language, context, voice tone, and the few words I do understand in Japanese, I get around 40%-60% of the content.


  3. Making a quantum guess.

    Sagartland= Saga Art Land?

    The conclusion I would make from the previous comment, is that reading subtitles can be tiresome but it gets easier the more a person understand spoken Japanese or simply picks up on subtle body language clues in the characters.

    Anime does a moderately good job of introducing human expressions or transmogrifications of them (such as sweating or heart throbs) in very obvious manners. Far better than a lot of Hollywood movies that are so dark I can’t even see the faces of the characters, let alone tell what they are feeling or thinking.


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